CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 September 20, 2018 – Heavier than Air Brewing Company – Hanah’s Treasure Chest – Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble


Guests and Members in Attendance

Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble Guest (Speaker)
Denise Christie Guest
Sean Evans Guest
Gordon Lowden Guest
Gail Aiken Member
Jack Anderson Member
Nancy Anderson Member
Diane Arehart Member
Pat Arehart Member
Marge Back Member
Wayne Christie Member
Joan Cordonnier Member
Mike Cordonnier Member
Melissa Deeter Member
Shelby DiPasquale Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Laura Franklin Member
Cindy Gaboury Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Evelyn Griffin Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Cindy Harris Member
Wendy Hattan Member
Robby Johnson Member
Chris McAlpine Member
Bryan Miller Member
Brian Nolan Member
Tom Novak Member
Laurie Poeppelman Member
Brent Richburg Member
Jerry Stahley Member
Nick Tarkany Member
Jon Werts Member
Suzanne Werts Member

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to the team of Nick Sr, Chris, Ben and Nick Jr. for allowing us to take over their bar tonight. There was a 50/50 drawing won by Jesse Gaither.

Greg Griffin, President Elect for year 2018-2019, inducted two new members:  Mike Cordonnier (sponsored by Joan Cordonnier) and Bryan Miller (sponsored by Mike Cordonnier).

Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. Ryan Hawk will be the speaker at the next meeting on October 18, 2018 at Ollie’s Place.

We had 32 members and 4 guests in attendance.

Committee Announcements

Gail Aiken announced the Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park will be held on October 16, 2018 and October 17, 2018. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides.

Beth Duncan, social chair, announced that the next social event will be on October 4th, 2018 at Breakout Games in Centerville with pizza after at Donato’s Pizza. Sign up at a meeting or email Diane Arehart at

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 chair, announced on October 12, 2018 for the last home game of the year for Centerville Elks Football versus Northmont we are having a tailgate party coordinated with the Centerville Quarterbacks club.

Tonight’s Presentation

Greg Fay introduced Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble from Hannah’s Treasure Chest (HTC). CNO has supported Hannah’s Treasure Chest and they have supported us in our charitable services and donations. The first three years CNO had the Avenue of Flag program, HTC allowed us to store our flags in their facility.

Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble did a great job explaining what HTC is and what they do and how you can help.

Hannah’s Treasure Chest provides basic items for children in need. They are not a direct service organization. A partner such as a counselor or service agency finds people in need and requests to get the items from HTC. Just a few examples of items that can be obtained are clothing, shoes, underwear, diapers, and toys.

HTC has a 100% reliance on donations. In particular right now, they need donations of socks. clothing, and diapers. Aneesa noted they will accept items that are not working or incomplete and will repair them. If you have a toy that is not complete or broken bring it in anyway and they can probably repair it or add the missing pieces.

Quick Facts about HTC

  • They gave away more than a million dollars’ worth of items last year.
  • There are 6 staff members, 1 is full time, and there are 70 volunteers.
  • HTC is a certified diaper bank and is authorized to repackage partial packs of diapers.
  • Hannah was started in 2001 and is named after the daughter of the owner.
  • Recently they had to value their volunteers time for the previous year and it was valued at $500,000.

Upcoming events

  • On September 25, 2018 from 6 PM to 8 PM donate $10 and come hear more about the HTC mission at the Crooked Handle Brewing Co. in Springboro.
  • On September 28, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM there is a Donut Drop In which is a great time to come tour the facility while eating donuts and coffee from Bill’s Donuts.
  • On September 30, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM the 1st Annual Great Diaper Dash 5K will be held at Centerville High School. It is a family-friendly event. Walkers, runners and strollers are all welcome.

Coming up soon is their Giving Angels Program. Last year 651 families were served and so far this year, 790 families have asked to participate.

From the website about the giving Angels program: During November and December, Hannah’s Treasure Chest is proud to host our annual Giving Angels program which helps local families at or below the poverty level.  With the help of local organizations, area donors provide holiday gifts for the children, age newborn through 12 years.

Families must be clients of our selected partners to be eligible for our Giving Angels program. Hannah’s Treasure Chest does not assist families directly through our programs, and cannot accept requests directly from families or non-partner agencies.

Some ways to donate are here.

A description of HTC from their website:

Founded in 2001, Hannah’s Treasure Chest is a nonprofit organization which enriches the lives of children in need by providing care packages of clothes, shoes, books, safety equipment and hygiene items including diapers through a network of nearly 50 partner agencies in Butler, Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties. Hannah’s Treasure Chest is located at 124 Westpark Rd, Centerville, OH 45459